On Repeat

A number of religious figure have said that our destinies have already been written by God, and that all we require is accomplish this destiny is to find and discover it. Foucault on the other believes otherwise; he believes that our fates are not pre-written but are presently being written. The absolute future can only be certain on the outcome of our present future – on what we decide. Our destinies are the results of our ongoing actions – to be someone or something we must do and not search.

Drawing the understanding of fate from Foucault, the movie elicited what Foucault was trying to say. That what we do and what we know is what made us, make us and will make us. It all depends on us. This knowing and doing was evident in the chronology of the movie. In the beginning it showed how Jess was unaware of what will happen to her – this sense of confusion seen in her reactions when her companions accused her of being the killer – but as she continued eventually her actions lead her to fulfilling that role. Even if her intentions were to save her companions and to break the cycle of dying and reliving it all eventually goes back into place. Her idea of breaking the pattern by altering their fates was not successful and this evident with the 1) The reappearance of the their “overthrown” boat, 2) The piling of her lockets in ship, 3) the compilation of dead bodies of Sally, 4) The jumpsuits in the locker 5) The dead seagulls on near the sea and 6) Her return to the port of the boat. Jess’ hope of her actions to change the destiny of their lives inevitably made that destiny.

This is where the movie depicts horror. It makes the viewer feel the dilemma experienced by the character – the feeling of no control like being trapped within a garden maze, lost and confused; forced to follow the pattern hoping that eventually you will be able to break. It attacks the viewer through psychological aspects. It becomes more horrifying because it deals with the mind. It makes it more realistic believing that it may actually happen because it seems that struggle of what Jess is facing is made only aware to her; and not only that but also that her actions dedicate the lives of six other individuals. But this awareness, for some reason, is forgotten right after her car accident – like a blank slate, her memories of the event only linger but do not fully resurface. After that the cycle then continues. Yet again she begins the agony of reliving the torture. What makes this even more terrifying is the idea of knowing and not knowing; knowing that she needs to do certain measures to release them all from this seemingly cursed fate and not knowing whether that may actually happen.

We then go back to Foucault’s understanding of fate that it is set in stone from God but an ongoing process. But it seems in the movie that fate will be what is whether or not one tries to deviate from it. At the beginning we see the Jess trying to break that cycle and not wanting it. Though, in the end she eventually goes back to it showing that her subconscious calls for it because it still believes that the sequence may be broken – a never ending repetition of the same scene –like being stuck in a room with the same song on repeat.


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